For a while now, I have tried to get into this little grape known as Syrah. There is not too much Syrah here on Long Island, only about a handful of producers locally that bottle it.
Most times when looking for well made Syrah people look to Australia and the birth place of Syrah, Rhone. But Syrah on Long Island should not be overlooked. When made correctly, it can shine. In fact, at a recent blind tasting of Syrah from around the world, two of the top three (out of 13) were from Long Island.
Pindar Vineyards 2008 Syrah ($15) was not part of the recent blind tasting, but I think this offering from Pindar Vineyards would have been right at the top.
On the nose the wine brings notes of cherry, blackberry and currant with bold notes of fresh black pepper and cured meat. Vanilla, smoke a ground spice follow-up with herbal notes of rosemary and ground espresso. There is also a subtle floral note that reminded me of dried lavender.
The palate brought notes of earthy spice and black pepper with hints of blackberry and tart cherry. Smoky with hints of vanilla and cinnamon round out the palate.
The tannins are noticeable up front, but with food they seem to balance out with the acidity and make the wine even more enticing.